Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of the New Testament Chain-link Transitions

Baylor University Press, 2005 - 305 pages

In Rhetoric at the Boundaries Bruce W. Longenecker explores the way in which New Testament authors used an ancient rhetorical device to effect smooth transitions, both large and small. His study demonstrates how recognition of this rhetorical technique proves decisive for New Testament interpretation. Longenecker accomplishes this by examining the evidence for chain-link interlocks in a variety of ancient sources, including the Hebrew scriptures, Jewish and Roman authors of the Graeco-Roman world, and the Graeco-Roman rhetoricians. He then applies the results of the survey to fifteen problematic passages of the New Testament. In each case, Longenecker establishes the presence of chain-link interlock and highlights the structural, literary, and theological significance of the rhetorical device for New Testament interpretation.

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Table des matières

1 Introduction
2 The Rhetoricians Recommendations
3 ChainLink Interlock among Other Ancient Rhetorical Devices
4 The Anatomy of ChainLink Interlock
5 Ancient Examples of ChainLink Interlock
6 ChainLink Interlock and the Logic of Romans
7 ChainLink Interlock and the Structure of the Apocalypse
8 ChainLink Interlock and the Theology of the Fourth Gospel
9 ChainLink Interlock in the Narrative of Acts
10 ChainLink Interlock and the Interpretation of Acts
11 Conclusions
Works Cited
Index of Biblical and Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Bruce W. Longenecker (Ph.D. University of Durham) is Graduate Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair in the Baylor University Department of Religion. He is the author or editor of numerous books including The Lost Letters of Pergamum (2003), Luke, Paul and the Graeco-Roman World (2002), Narrative Dynamics in Paul (2002), The Triumph of Abraham's God (1998), 2 Esdras (1995), and Eschatology and the Covenant (1991).

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